General Questions

How do I follow the challenge and get updates?

When you register for the challenge, you’ll automatically be signed up to receive updates regarding the challenge. Follow us on Twitter at @ChallengePost.

 

Who can I contact if I have questions about the challenge?

Email Support@ChallengePost.com or post a question to the Discussion Board.

 

Submission Requirements

What do I need to use to build my solution?

Although no specific API or data integration is required, your app must focus on combining the use of cars and public transportation in São Paulo City. All submitted apps must also conform to Ford’s In-Vehicle Approval Criteria for safe and non-distracting in-vehicle interfaces, if the intent is to use the app while driving.

Don’t forget that solutions must include a software component (see the official rules for complete details).

 

I want to integrate SYNC® AppLink™ into my app. Where can I find it?

SYNC AppLink is a suite of APIs that provides the capability for mobile developers to AppLink enable their mobile applications. You can access it on the Ford Developer Site: https://developer.ford.com/ 

 

What APIs or datasets can I include in my solution?

You may use whatever APIs, SDKs, and datasets you choose, as long as you are authorized to use and distribute them.

 

Does my solution have to function in São Paulo City?

Your solution is not required to function in São Paulo City specifically in order to be eligible for the competition. However, judges will score your application based on the criteria listed below, so including São Paulo City specific functionality may improve your scores during judging. 

  • Quality of the Idea (Includes creativity and originality of the idea.)
  • Implementation of the Idea (Includes how well the idea was executed by the developer.)
  • Potential Impact (Includes the extent to which the solution offers the potential to improve traffic in São Paulo by combining the use of cars and public transportation in the city.)

 

Why do I have to upload a video?

The Popular Choice awards are determined by public voting. A video helps ensure that all users can view and experience your solution. The video will also be helpful to the panel of judges. You may create a screencast or use a handheld video camera to make your video, or choose any other method that captures the solution’s value and user interface.

 

What should I put in my video?

Aside from your actual solution, your submission video is one of the most important parts of your entry. In fact, it’s often one of the first, and sometimes only, things that judges and voters view. Make a great first impression by following these tips on what to include in your video:

  • Include a step-by-step demo.Demonstrate your solution’s key features by showing them functioning on an appropriate device. While audio isn’t required, narration or text bubbles can help judges and voters understand your solution. 
  • Keep it simple.Per the official rules, your video shouldn’t be longer than five minutes. In the words of Leonardo da Vinci, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
  • Don’t wait until the last minute to upload your video.Keep in mind that the time it takes to upload/process a video on YouTube, Vimeo, or Youku varies greatly depending on the format of your original video, the file size, upload traffic and Internet connection speed, and could take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours or more. 

Don’t know much about making videos? Check out these helpful screencasting tools.

 

 

Does my solution need to be publicly available or, if an app, submitted to an online store?

Your solution is not required to be publicly available or submitted to an online store.

 

Testing Process

How can I provide ChallengePost with access to test my solution?

You must provide a way for us to test your solution at no cost. 

Solutions which include hardware and wearable technology:

If the submission runs on or includes proprietary hardware or hardware (including wearable technology) that is not widely available to the public, the Sponsor and/or Administrator reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to require the submitter to provide access to the physical hardware solution, or device required to test the solution, upon request.

Software only solutions:

For software solutions running on widely available devices or hardware, please allow us to test using one of the following methods. 

Android solution: Upload an .apk file in the submission form or provide a link for us to download your solution in the “Testing Instructions” field on the submission form. 

iOS Applications: If your app is available on the app store please provide a link in the “Website URL” field on the submission form. If you charge for your app, please also provide a promo code.

If your app is not yet publicly available, send a test build using one of the following methods:

Beta by Crashalytics

Send us a beta test via Crashalytics. Use our testing email (testing@challengepost.com) and UDID’s to provision a build and send us a link via the “Share Links” button. Make sure to also add the testing link to your submission form under “iOS Build Link”.  Beta by Crashalytics is free! Here’s a quick how-to for their Beta Distribution tool.

Pro tip: Make sure you add the UDIDs to your build to speed up the process there’s no review, but all builds still need to be received in full before the submission deadline.

Our UDIDs are:

  • iPad (iOS 6.0.1) 6a2cb1d4ba2d242db1db48c59c91744cebfc68a9
  • iPod Touch 4th Gen (iOS 5.0.1)13d9c9e50d705446c07fc5d2c3c3144c69ffc576
  • iPhone 5 (iOS 8.3) 4c4270daadcf6f2dcd38ef407c38c01c3fa849b8
  • iPhone 5 (iOS 8.3) c94acc0069278cee4b38e4d27ae3f838bf50aa79
  • iPhone 6 (iOS 8.3) ac3c04f10b03e033bc31a0d14146d5740bc7db54

TestFlight / iTunes Connect

Enter our email address to share a build with us for testing. Our TestFlight account email is:testing@challengepost.com. Please note that if you add us as an “External Tester” your app will need to go through Beta App Review before you can send the build. Builds must be received by the submission deadline to be eligible - so plan for extra time. Not sure how to use TestFlight via iTunes Connect? Check out the iTunes Connect Developer Guide and the TestFlight Video Tutorial.

HockeyApp

Send a testing link to: testing@challengepost.com, and add the testing link to your submission form under “iOS Build Link”. Please note that HockeyApp allows you to send test builds quickly, but there is a fee to use this service.

 

Windows Phone solution: Upload an .xap file in the submission form or provide a link for us to download your solution in the “Testing Instructions” field on the submission form.

Web/Mobile Web: Provide a link for us to access your solution on the “Testing Instructions” field on the submission form.

BlackBerry: Upload the appropriate installation files in the submission form or provide a link for us to download your installation file in the “Testing Instructions” field on the submission form. 

Kindle: Upload the appropriate installation files on the submission form or provide a link for downloading your installation file in the “Testing Instructions” field on the submission form.

Mac OS: Upload the appropriate installation files in the submission form or provide a link for us to download your installation file in the “Testing Instructions” field on the submission form.

Windows PC: Upload the appropriate installation files (.exe) in the submission form or provide a link for us to download your .exe file in the “Testing Instructions” field on the submission form.

SMS/Text: Provide detailed instructions in the “Testing Instructions” field on the submission form explaining how to utilize the service on feature or smart phone.

 

Eligibility & IP

Who is eligible to enter the competition?

The challenge is open to individuals, and teams of individuals, who have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry. The challenge is also open to legally registered corporations or organizations that employ fewer than 50 people at the time of entry. (See the next question for large organization eligibility.).

NOTE: Residents of Brazil are NOT eligible for this competition. If you are a Brazilian resident – please compete in the Brazil-only version of this competition: http://saopaulo-national.challengepost.com.

Please review the Official Rules for complete eligibility requirements.

 

We are an organization. Can we enter?

Organizations with 50 or fewer employees may enter and compete for cash prizes. Organizations with more than 50 employees may enter and compete only for the Large Organization Recognition Award, which has no cash prize.

 

Do the solutions have to be newly created for this competition, or can they be preexisting solutions?

Both new and existing solutions are eligible for this challenge. No specific API, SDK, or data integration is required. If you are submitting an existing solution (developed prior to this competition), it must include new features/functionality added after the submission period began. The new features must specifically combine the use of cars and public transportation in São Paulo City. Participants entering existing solutions will be required to explain their new features in the submission form.

  

Can more than one person work on a solution and receive credit for it? And if the solution wins a prize, how will the prize money be split among the creators?

Yes, teams are encouraged. If a team of individuals or an organization is selected as an award winner, the full prize amount will be sent to the submitter. It will be up to the winning team or organization to reallocate the prize money between the team members, as they deem it appropriate.

 

Can my solution win more than one prize?

Yes. All submissions entered by eligible individuals, teams of individuals, and organizations with 50 or fewer employees can compete for the Best Overall solution awards and Popular Choice. Large organizations are only eligible for the Large Organization Recognition Award. 

However, solutions entered in multiple Poster challenges on ChallengePost are only eligible to win prizes in a total of two challenges (previous and current combined) Ford challenges. Please see the Official Rules for details.

 

Can I enter more than one solution?

Yes. There is no limit to how many times an eligible person, team or organization may enter. An individual may also participate on behalf of more than one team, corporation, or nonprofit organization. However, if you submit two or more solutions that are identical or substantially similar, the Sponsor and ChallengePost reserve the right to disqualify all the submissions or require you to choose one submission to enter into the competition.

 

Do I retain intellectual property ownership?

Yes. By submitting a solution to the challenge, you do not transfer any intellectual property rights to the Sponsor or ChallengePost. The Sponsor and ChallengePost will have the right to feature all solutions entered in the competition for promotional purposes. See the Official Rules for details.

 

What will you do with my submission?

The Sponsor and ChallengePost will have the right to publicly display your submission on the challenge website. They will also be allowed to publicize your name on the challenge website in connection with the submission and the challenge during the competition and after its conclusion. For more information on publicity rights, please see the Official Rules.

 

Public Voting

How does public voting work?

Visitors to the site can vote for as many submissions as they like, but no more than once for a single submission. At the end of the public voting period, the votes will be tallied and verified to determine the Popular Choice award winner. Have more questions about public voting? Check out our handy public voting help article.